I am looking for a Nikon manual focus non-AI telephoto lens around 200mm. Seems like there is a 200mm Q-C F4 and a 180mm P-C F2.8 and I was wondering if there are any users out there with experience with either of these lenses. I am leaning towards the 180mm F2.8 simply because it is faster, But image quality is my main concern. I have done a lot of reading on-line, but of course all the reviews are based on traditional photographic use, not astrophotography. Any advice would be welcome
Need opinions on OLD Nikkor lenses
Posted 21 June 2018 - 02:13 PM
I have the Nikkor 180mm F/2.8 ED AI-S and it seems to be pretty good for astrophotography.
Posted 26 June 2018 - 10:34 PM
The 180 F/2.8 is a good lens and you should be able to locate one with little effort.
If you have deeper pockets the Nikon Ai-s NIKKOR ED 200mm F/2 is a great lens. (2-3K) used.
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Posted 31 July 2018 - 11:24 AM
the 200mm f4 is good, the 50-300 Zoom works great, Ive never had any issues using either lens mounted to the F or F2 bodies, one Nikon lens I always thought might be good is that 500mm reflex lens. the vintage Nikon glass always does a fine job.
Edited by greywulf4570, 31 July 2018 - 11:24 AM.
Posted 03 August 2018 - 04:47 AM
The 180mm ED is good, though it has funky aberrations in the corners. Stars can get a weird sliced circle flare thing around them. But some folks have taken really beautiful astropix with them.
IMHO the one to really seek out is the 300mm F4.5 ED NON-IF. It is extremely rare but worth the effort. It serves as my astrograph as well as a very decent 67mm APO refractor.
Posted 03 August 2018 - 04:56 AM
Just a footnote to my previous post: The 300mm F4.5 ED-IF (=Internal focusing) is not the same. From what I have seen, Nikkor lenses that have IF don't work as well for astropix. IF is a convenience for terrestrial photographers, however, as it makes focusing really fast/easy (and probably facilitated the later advances in autofocus). The older non-IF (including the 180mm) focus slowly but perform better in my experience.
Someone else may want to chime in here if they had a different experience with IF (and ED-IF) lenses.
Posted 01 December 2018 - 06:52 PM
I have the Nikkor 200 mm f/2 ED-IF lens that I use with an image intensifier (NVD Micro) to give me real time views that match long exposure images. Stars are sharp throughout and, when used with an H-alpha filter, amazing detail can be seen in the NA/Pelican complex and untold others. I am not an imager but I would expect equal performance to what I am seeing visually.
Posted 08 December 2018 - 12:06 PM
I have a Nikon manual focus 180mm F/2.8 ED lens, which is very sharp and performs very well even wide open. Stars are pinpoints to the edge wide open on film. You should be looking for one of those lenses which along with the 300mm F/2.8 ED Nikkors are excellent choices for astrophotography with film or CMOS/CCD cameras with suitable adapters.